An arrest warrant has been issued for 39-year-old Thomas Scott Davis for stealing 11 handguns, according to Walker County sheriff Steve Wilson.
Sheriff Wilson notified the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Monday after a tip that Davis had taken the guns home.
“It is a sad day,” Wilson said. “It is never easy when you have to police one of your own.”
GBI special agents Greg Ramey and Jerry Scott conducted the investigation. Ramey concluded the investigation Thursday afternoon, finding that Davis had stolen the weapons.
Davis, an evidence custodian, was responsible for logging evidence for cases.
The investigation determined that Davis grabbed a box containing the handguns, which could have happened dating back to mid-September 2011.
“We believe he took all of the weapons at one time,” Wilson said.
“There is no evidence that Davis sold any of the guns,” he said.
The guns were from a variety of case types that were no longer active, ranging from 1998 to 2005, according to Wilson.
Ordinarily guns are kept until there are large enough amounts to be destroyed or sold at judicial sale, usually happening every few years, according to Wilson.
Davis had been an employee at the sheriff’s office for four years.
“He was a well-like employee. Many people are disappointed in him,” Wilson said. “This was very out-of-character for him and for his job performance in the past four years.”
Davis will face 11 felony counts of theft, according to Wilson.